Sunday, December 28, 2008

To Kim Murphy...

THE BIG THING:

Re: Bess and a rant

I’ve read your story, Kim Murphy. And you know what? I don’t believe a word of it. Cats are tough, but Bess would not have survived 9 weeks in an enclosed place without food and water. And she would not have stayed silent for so long.

I personally suspect somebody knew Bess was in that enclosed area… I don’t like the implications of that, whether that person was a child or an adult.

And I have to wonder about the previous “bad luck” you had with cats, Kim. One cat off the balcony, yeah. It can be a surprise that they misjudge depth. Twice, no; that was your fault.

You should have been prevented from having control over another cat from that moment on… You should have understood that cats are not mere decorations around you, that they are living creatures deserving care and in the case of odd circumstances (like high balconies) must be protected from them. A cat does not understand being many stories up. It may jump at a bird or a moth. Any person who lets a cat out on a high balcony is (and my apologies to everyone) a “fucking deadshit idiot”.

You failed that simplest care and protection of cats. You still obtained another cat, Bess, and failed the basic requirement of a person to a cat. To know where it is, to search the house when it seems to be lost. To listen in the night for cat cries.

And if you think I am going to believe that Bess made no cry-calls when trapped in an enclosure, you are completely, absolutely, utterly wrong.’
I have one cat who is basically mute. Yet, in duress, she will call out. Was Bess more mute than that?

I call you out as someone who should not be permitted to have any pet again in your life, that Bess should be freed from your stupidity and lack-care. You should not be trusted with a goldfish.

You disgust me…

20 comments:

Parker said...

Couldn't have said it better.

Rebecca Davis Winters said...

I agree.

Evie/VampyVictor said...

Very well said!

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Well said!

Cory said...

We also think she is a liar and are tempted to write the editor of the newspaper that published it to see if they did any fact checking...did they check with a authority v-e-t to see if it's even possible for a cat to survive 9 whole weeks like that? The whole thing smells. Thanks for writing this.

Daisy said...

At the very least I think Bess would have scratched and scratched to get out. No one heard that?

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Agreed. That was no Christmas miracle story. That was just a story of stupidity if anything like that happened (ie the cat wasn't lost until the week before say...)

Angus Mhor said...

Well said, Mark. I also think she's lied about the particulars of this story. We have 3 SK's in our house, all of whom hear every "mew" and scritch no matter how faint and will come and get me to investigate or investigate on their own. Her editor/publisher has been had!

And, no apology needed.

--Angus' mom

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

We agree wholeheartedly with you Mark!! And we agree with Angus, no apology needed! We also put the pictures up of the second box you sent us!! We loved all the gifts and the treats were the best!
Your FL furiends,

Anonymous said...

Well the relative humidity is high on the west coast so perhaps she didn't need so much water? Don't water your poinsettia for 60 days and see what happens. Lay down in your bed and don't eat or drink for 60 days and see what happens. The cat was not without food and water for 60 days. It had a source somewhere. If Ms. Murphy continues to claim this story as true, then let her stuff herself in that box without food and water for 60 days and report her experience. There seems to me to be another human element here - and as the Big Thing said, that is disturbing.

This woman is obviously too busy to own a pet. Thanks Mark for calling this out. I notice your blog on google already connected to this story. Maybe some people will wake up. Poor kitty though...

Scott

Millie said...

We're with you. The story sounds very fishy to say the least.

Sassy Kat said...

Merry late Christmas, hope it was a happy one, and Happy early New Year!!!!

Congrats to Ayla for doing a fantastic job in her role in CCSI IV!

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

I'm with you. I wonder about the kids in the house. Perhaps they know something they aren't saying. Or, the cat wasn't in there remotely as long as she was.

I know beans make mistakes and accidents happen, believe me I do, but no WAY this woman had that much "bad luck." I am especially concerned about the balcony "accidents." Twice? No way.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Have you read the essay on us cat bloggers today at http://www.madmacedonian.com/nikitas_place/

Well said! We have been reading/commenting at Meowers from Missouri as they have been posting on it the past couple of days and it is beyond us - as it is them - how the story can be written so glibly and the media calls it a "Christmas miracle."

The Meezers said...

well said TBT!!! We agree that the story is most likely untrue. That being said though, if people actually believe this, we fear that some very stupid and sick people will attempt to prove it true or false. This story should NEVER have been published, and if even ONE cat suffers from someone trying to do an "experiment" to prove it true, we will personally send the lynch mob. This was very poor judgement on the part of the LA Times to publish this rubbish.

The Cat Realm said...

We have our doubts about that story too, we think it stinks and is not true. We just haven't figured out yet what the author wants to accomplish....
If true and just told in exaggerations (like 9 weeks instead of 9 days, e.g.) we only hope the author will NEVER ever go near any animal ever again! What a cruel airhead and dimwit.
Still think something is not right with the whole thing...

Niko and Cloud said...

We think 9 weeks without food or water sounds incredibly fishy. She posted a rebuttal on somebody's blog and claimed magically that each of the other times were in part someone else's fault (twice housekeepers and twice her husband's). We just say uhhh suuuure to that- once or twice is bad luck, 5 times is either deliberate or stupid or both.

Niko and Cloud said...

TBT, we giffed you an awardie!

Sassy Kat said...

Wishing you the best for the New Year 2009!

Rebecca Davis Winters said...

I have written to the LA Times to chastise them for providing this ignorant and dimwitted woman a forum. I recommend that others do so as well.